Medium Practice (For Ayni)

This post is for Ayni, who liked my little notebooks and wanted to know if she could buy something and have me send it to the Netherlands.

Besides just being a wonderful person, Ayni will always have a place in my heart for introducing me to someone who could ask me “In what medium do you realize your practice?” with a straight face.

So, to answer that question in a size that will fit in an (albeit large) envelope:

2000 women installation shot

Not a great photo, but those are 2000 watercolor drawings of nudes from my installation ‘2000 Women’. Can Özgün of the British Council wanted me to do something special just for him – with the excuse that my other installation ‘Nü-Nar’ (Nude-Pomegranate) wouldn’t ‘fill the gallery space.’

Antalya nunar installation

I redid the ‘Nu-Nar’ installation in Antalya (sorry – another bad photo) – and I think it shows that Mr. Özgün was wrong about the space, but right about getting me to do some more work.

What can I say? I guess I am just one of those artists that needs to have a deadline.

By the way, I ‘recycled’ the ‘Nars’ for an installation called ‘Manav’ (Grocery) done in an empty shop that used to be – ta da – a grocery.

Manav (Deborah Semel Demirtaş)

I had to sew them all together to get them to stand up, but I could rip a couple of stitches and pop one in an envelope for you to hang up, Ayni.

Or, if you want something else to hang up, how ’bout a mouse?

super fare

Or maybe a bird?

pembe kus

Both of these were from an installation I did a few years back.

Ayna Bahce-Filmler_agactaki kuslar (Garden Filmstrips_Birds in Trees)

So, in what medium do I realize my practice? Trees?

Actually, I’ve got a couple of really nice sculptures made from trees, with a little rebar, but they wouldn’t fit in an envelope.

But I could send you a couple of little drawings of some cotton pickers…

Soke Pamuk toplayanlar 1

but you’ll have to get your own painting easel to display them on.

I suppose you could just hang them on a wall, like a ‘regular’ drawing…
Swimming

ishik

Although I’ve been told that these are ‘too dark’ to appeal to people.

What people, I wonder?

(Oh, and as far as medium practice goes, these ‘regular’ drawings are oil pastels that started out as photographs that I digitized and then altered in photoshop and then used the altered photos as sketches that I printed out on drawing paper and drew on top of. FYI.)

Lots of practice.

Kisses,

Deborah

Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) Installation

Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) Installation

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Homesickness (Sıla Hasreti) is the name of the installation I created with collaboration from a lot of other people, including

Deniz Defne Acerol (sculptures)

Hope Holtzman (tapestries)

26 students in the 4th-grade class of Jale Toprak, a teacher at Akyarlar Elementary school, whose students I have known since they were in the 1st grade,

and artists from Turkey (Istanbul, Balıkesir, Antalya, Bodrum), Spain, Iceland and the US, who sent original mail art that arrived via traditional post n time for the exhibit, which was held at the Şevket Sabancı Culture Center in Turgutreis-Bodrum from 18-28 November 2014. You can download the catalog here:

Sıla Hasreti Homesickness PPS Catalog

Anyone interested can also contact me for the audio file of students reading their poetry (in Turkish).

Below are some more pictures from the exhibit.

You can also view the mail art one by one by clicking here.

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The sand is from Long Island, the Old Bay seasoning is from Baltimore, the tapestries are from Dereköy and the drawings from Akyarlar.

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The lonely kitty is from Deniz in Istanbul.

 

 

inst7 The photographs and wine cup are from Avanos.

 

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The tapestries are Hope’s from Dereköy

St Louis - Whoopee Bowl

The drawings are of all the places I’ve lived and miss – from St. Louis…

 

 

Aachen - portcullis

to Aachen…

Brooklyn  - Carroll Gardens Neighbors

to Brooklyn.